Coronavirus deteriorates Air India finances but airline manages to keep afloat, says chief

Air India chief Rajiv Bansal on Thursday said that the “crippling effect” of coronavirus has further plummeted the airline’s finances to a “precarious” position but despite that, it has managed to keep afloat.

Bansal, in a message on Thursday, also assured the employees of providing all the “essential armoury” in carrying out evacuation and chartered flights amid the pandemic.

“Air India has been passing through a critical financial condition much before the Covid19 onslaught. The crippling effect of the pandemic, especially in the aviation sector, has further plummeted our finances to a precarious position. In spite of this, your airline has left no stone unturned to continue to remain afloat,” Bansal said in a message to Air India employees on Thursday.

Reminding the employees that the organisation is always with them during these trying times, he said, their safety and health are as important to the company as of its passengers.

“We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure you get all the essential armoury to fight this war. Our dedicated medical services team members are available round the clock for any consultation, advice or emergency. We are doing everything possible to minimise risk factors,” Bansal said.

Besides taking all the precautionary measures and providing PPE to ensure your safety, Air India was amongst the very few airlines in the world, who are providing hazmat suits and other protective equipment for its crew to equip them to face any COVID-related safety concern onboard, he said.

It was the first carrier to evacuate stranded Indian nationals from Coronvirus-hit Wuhan in China in January.

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